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The Algarve, meaning "the west" is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal. The region coincides with the Faro District, and has as its administrative centre the city of Faro, where both the region's international airport (Faro/Algarve Airport) [FAO] and public university (the University of the Algarve) are located. Tourism  and related activities are extensive and make up the bulk of the Algarve's summer economy. Fish, seafood and fruit production, which includes oranges, carob beans, figs and almonds, are other important activities in the region. The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, its population more than doubles in the peak holiday season thanks to a high influx of visitors, and receives an average of 8 million foreign tourists each year.

The Algarve has several cities, towns and villages. It also includes some islands and islets. The region is also the home of the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 170 square kilometres and a stopping place for hundreds of different birds.

The region's capital is the city of Faro. Other cities are Albufeira, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Olhão, Portimão, Quarteira, Silves, Tavira, and Vila Real de Santo António.

The length of the south-facing coastline is approximately 155 kilometres. Beyond the westernmost point of Cape St. Vincent it stretches a further 50 kilometres to the north. The coastline is notable for picturesque limestone caves and grottoes, particularly around Lagos, which are accessible by powerboat. There are many other beautiful and famous summer places such as Albufeira, Vilamoura, Praia da Rocha, Lagos, Armação de Pêra, Alvor, Monte Gordo, Tavira, and Sagres.

In the 1960s the Algarve became a very popular destination for tourists, mainly from Britain. It has since become a common destination for Germans, Dutch and Irish people. Many of these tourists own their own property in the region. There are Algarve-based English-written publications and newspapers  specifically addressed to this community. In addition to the natural beauties and plenty of beaches, the Algarve has invested in the creation of a network of golf courses. Well-known beaches in the Algarve range from Praia da Marinha to Armação de Pêra. A well known spa town is Caldas de Monchique. Algarve is also famous for its luxury resort & hotel spas by the beach. The Algarve is a popular destination for tourism, primarily because of its beaches, Mediterranean climate, safety and relatively low costs.

Sustainable Holidays In Faro Portugal   by Mark Bartley

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The Lake Resort, Vilamoura  Five Star resort with 192 rooms, including 9 suites, and 95 luxury apartments. All the rooms have private balconies, with panoramic views over the marina, Falésia beach or the private lake. The sports and leisure facilities include extensive gardens, three restaurants, two bars, a Blue&Green Spa with an indoor treatment pool..... read more Tavira Inn - Casa do Rio, Tavira - located in Tavira, Algarve, Portugal, this private accommodation offers visitors 5 en suite hotel rooms and a sea water pool surrounded by a terrace overlooking the river and the garden in a very eclectic ambience.  Separated only by the road from the river Gilão and 3 minutes walking distance from the centre of the town.....read more Pousada de Faro - Palácio de Estoi - The Pousada de Estoi is set in the old 19th century Estoi Palace, which used to belong to the Viscount of Estoi, José Francisco da Silva. The palace took 20 years to build and in May 1909 a huge party was thrown in the gardens to celebrate the inauguration. .... read more
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